David Atwater

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David Atwater, son of John Atwater and Susan Narsin, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Lenham, Kent, England, 8 October 1615.1,2 He died at New Haven, Connecticut, 5 October 1692.1,2

David married Damaris Sayre, daughter of Thomas Sayre, say 1647.2,1,3

David Atwater was baptized in the same old marble font in which so many of his ancestors and relatives had been christened. With his brother, Joshua, he came over in the company of Theophilus Eaton, John Davenport and Edward Hopkins. If he went to New Haven with them in the fall of 1637, he soon returned. It is more likely probable that David remained in Boston, and didn't remove to New Haven until the spring of 1638,where he became a prominent man. He received grants of land in New Haven and Joshua Atwater sold "to his brother David Atwater" more land there. He apparently never sought public office but served on various town committees. He made his will 14 April and added a codicil, 9 December 1691. His inventory, taken 28 October 1692, amounted to £551-18-02. The debts, to and from the estate, so nearly balance that this figure represents very closely the net value. (New Haven Probate, 2:135.)1


Damaris Sayre d. 1 Apr 1691
  • Mercy Atwater+1,2 b. 29 Feb 1648, d. 5 Apr 1683
  • Damaris Atwater1,2 b. 21 Nov 1649, d. 14 Dec 1711
  • David Atwater1,2 b. 13 Aug 1651, d. 10 Jan 1736
  • Joshua Atwater1,2 b. 1 Nov 1654
  • John Atwater1,2 b. 1 Nov 1654, d. 1748
  • Jonathan Atwater1,2 b. 12 Jul 1656, d. 3 Jun 1726
  • Abigail Atwater1,2 b. 1 Apr 1660
  • Mary Atwater1,2 b. 22 Apr 1662
  • Samuel Atwater1,2 b. 17 Sep 1664, d. 17 Sep 1742
  • Ebenezer Atwater1,2 b. 13 Jan 1666
This person was last edited on19 Jan 2016


  1. [S16] Mary L. Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Francis Helen Miller (Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1948), 467-472, further cited as Holman, Stevens-Miller Genealogy.
  2. [S53] Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, 9 vols. in 3 (1924-1932; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1974), 59-63, further cited as Jacobus, New Haven Families.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 51, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).